leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has reportedly fled from to in a yellow taxi in a bid to avoid drawing suspicion.
An intelligence source claimed the terror group's chief was hiding out in Rawa, northwestern Iraq, when troops entered Qaim some 50 miles away near the Syrian border.
Al-Baghdadi felt his presence in Rawa 'threatened his life', so he scampered over the border to Deir ez-Zor in a vehicle synonymous with the western world of .
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Islamic State's leader, who is said to have fled Iraq in a yellow taxi
Iraqi forces are seen on November 4, 2017 in the centre of the city of Qaim, in Iraq's western Anbar province near the Syrian border after retaking it from ISIS jihadists a day earlier.
The offensive is said to have prompted Al-Baghdadi to leave Rawa, which is some 50 miles away
Iraqi forces are seen flashing the sign for victory on November 4, 2017 in the centre of the city of Qaim, in Iraq's western Anbar province near the Syrian border after retaking it from ISIS
Smoke billows from the eastern Syrian city of Deir EZ Breder-Zor where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is said to have moved to
The ISIS leader is said to have travelled in a yellow taxi, like the one pictured here in New York, in a bid to avoid attention
The source was quoted by the Iraqi Media News Agency in as saying: 'After Iraqi troops invaded Qaim, Baghdadi was aware that his presence in Rawa threatens his life.
'In a yellow taxi, Baghdadi fled Iraq and headed to Syria.
He is believed to have settled in Deir ez-Zor.'
'The IS leader insisted on taking a yellow cab in order not to be a source for doubts.'
Al-Baghdadi urged the remaining ISIS fighters in Qaim to carry on fighting the Iraqi troops, but the source said they 'let him down and escaped in their personal cars to Syria'.
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